Where is the PAFF?

The Annual PA Firefly Festival takes place on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B & B in Kellettville, just 15 miles east of Tionesta on Route 666. The address is 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa 16353.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Donations

We are excited to announce a new way for you support the PA Firefly Festival's new Educational Programs.  You can now go to our online funding site  http://www.razoo.com/story/Pennsylvania-Firefly-Festival.  This funding is strictly for the educational programs that we are doing across Pennsylvania for schools, camps, and special interest groups.  So, far this year we are scheduled to present a program at Marienville Library, May 16; Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sewickley, June 13 and Chapman Dam State Park, June 20.  We are trying to keep expenses to a minimum, but materials, and fuel can get expensive, (I hear gas is going up again this summer).  We are also looking to sponsor a college science student internship that would eventually become the presenter.  If we can raise $5,000  before June 1st, we will be up and running this year.  So check out the site.

We still need sponsors for this year's festival too, so if you want to sponsor an event or activity at the festival, we can always use $$.  Just send your tax deductible donations to PAFF, 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, PA 16353.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

WE ARE OFFICIALLY TAX EXEMPT

We have our tax exempt status and it is retroactive for 2014.  Your donations are now tax deductible, and we are able to use the funds to continue to expand our mission of public education programs about the fireflies in the Allegheny National Forest.  We are in the process of registering an online crowd funding site for you to make donations to our educational programs.  We will keep you posted on that as soon as we are up and running.

We are continuing plans for this year's festival.  The musicians are committed and we have another full day of music including: Broke, Stranded & Ugly, Detention, Dominick DeCecco, The Hills & Rivers, Stoney & Co, Uriah Effect, Matt Miskie and Rob & Gene.

We are still accepting applications for artists, crafters and food vendors.  Contact us at pafireflyfestival@gmail.com if you are interested, as soon as possible.

If you want to help out as a firefly watcher/monitor, let us know and we will get you the information to register as a citizen scientist.  We can always use volunteers at the festival as well.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February PAFF Meeting

The second meeting of the year was productive as usual.

  • We are applying for the tax exempt status that will allow us to apply for grant funding of our educational programming.  
  • We have 7 confirmed music groups including: Detention, Uriah Effect,  Matt Miskie  are all new; Stony and Company, Dominick DeCecco, Broke, Stranded & Ugly, and the Hills & the Rivers are returning from last year.  
  • We are now accepting applications for artists, crafters, exhibitors and food vendors.  Contact us by email pafireflyfestival@gmail.com or on facebook and we will send you an application.  
  • We are also looking for volunteer monitors and firefly observers.  We need campers, naturalists and/or citizen scientists interested in collecting data on the fireflies leading up to the festival and after.  We can get you registered on Museum of Science Firefly Watch | Home and get you data collection forms.  
  • Foremost, we want to promote and encourage firefly watching.  Visitors should plan on coming to Forest County for at least a weekend or maybe a week during the 3 to 4-week-long synchronous firefly season.  If you are coming to see fireflies, you may need more than a one night stay to find them.  We don't want you to be disappointed due to rain, or you can't stay out late enough to see the displays. For overnight accommodations check the Forest county websiteForest County - Home or Visit PAGO PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau - PA Great Outdoors